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Workshops at the Conference Center, August 2019

Groups marked with an * are open to the public. Contact those groups if you are interested and would like to participate in their program at Wildacres Retreat.


AUGUST 1 - 7

Workshop attendeesThe Greater Carolinas Association of Rabbis (GCAR) is an intra-rabbinic fellowship of ordained rabbis living around the US, Canada, and Israel, and coming from the Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, Traditional, and other Jewish movements. The GCAR has led a unique week-long family seminar at Wildacres since 1951.  

Join us this summer as our scholar, Professor Benjamin Sommer, will be presenting: Worship in Ancient Israel: Why Vayikra is the Most Kabbalistic and Christian Part of the Tana"kh?. The kallah program includes family activities and local entertainment, in addition to meaningful prayer, beautiful surroundings, and amazing camaraderie. 

More information about the scholar, schedule, and registration can be found at https://gcarwildacres.com/rabbinic-kallah-2019/.

website: http://gcarwildacres.com/

email: gcarwildacres@gmail.com

Drawing on Metal with Deb Karash*Metal jewelry
AUGUST 1 - 7

Whether you want to add color to your jewelry or add a little something different to your bookmaking or other creative practice, you will enjoy this 5 day workshop. Class will cover the application of colored pencil to copper along with some fabrication techniques to put your new skill to use.

Contact Deb at dkjewelry@msn.com for registration details.

email: dkjewelry@msn.com

Write Wild at Wildacres*
August 8 - 11

Participants in Write Wild class sit at a long table and write.Come to the mountaintop and write! Join a small group at a large table. Write quickly to prompts. Rejoice as you/we turn up fiction, memoir, nonfiction, poems, etc. Joyful experience, replete with surprises! Leader is Barbara Kidd Lawing, writing teacher and editor.

website: www.barbaralawing.com

phone: 704-998-8253

email: bklawing@earthlink.net

Sicha Shabbaton in the Mountains*
AUGUST 8 - 11

Group photo of workshop participants.The theme for the annual Sicha Shabbaton in the Mountains will be Derech Eretz: The Way Of The Earth. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounded by spectacular views, we hope to experience a lively Shabbat weekend including small group discussions, prayer services, nature walks, mountain music, and relaxation time on the Wildacres porch! Join us for a weekend of learning and blessing.

For more information and to register, visit https://sichaconversation.org/shabbaton-in-the-mountains/.

website: www.sichaconversation.org

email: sichaconversation@gmail.com

phone: 919-475-1056

B'nai B'rith Institute of Judaism*
Outdoor lectureAUGUST 12 - 15

Now in its 72nd year, the B'nai B'rith Institute of Judaism provides an opportunity for the individual to confront, explore, and clarify questions about Judaism in an individual, national, and global context. Our faculty provides four lectures daily, and there is entertainment each evening. Additional activities include patio discussions with the faculty, religious services, athletic pursuits such as hiking and tennis, enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or just relaxing.

Online Brochure: www.bnai-brith.wixsite.com/wildacres

email: bcarr3533@gmail.com

phone: 919.781.4207

Camp Doremi - Shape Note Singing*
People singing.AUGUST 15 - 18

Camp DoReMi is an old-fashioned singing school experience to learn to sing shape note music, a style of a cappella music that has been used in American congregational singing since the early 1800s. The camp is 3 days of classes in the basic rudiments of reading music in seven shapes and other topics relating to the art of shape note singing. There are nightly shape note singings that are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, please visit our website or contact Jane Cannon.

website: doremicamp.org

email: crvjanecannon@gmail.com

phone: 706.410.0982

Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies*
AUGUST 19 - 25

Jeweler at work.The SFMS sponsors four Gem, Jewelry and Mineral workshops each year. Two of these workshops are held at Wildacres. This is our 43rd year of Wildacres workshops. Our classes this year include some traditional classes such as Cabochon, Casting, Beginning Chain/Fusing, Cold Connections, Jewelry on Metal, Metalwork Special Projects, and Wire. All instructors are volunteers who are not paid for the highly skilled and professional experience that they bring to the workshops.

Our workshop website SFMSworkshops.com contains schedules, class descriptions, instructor bios, registration forms, and the latest information on class availability.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our workshops this year. They are really a lot of fun and the education opportunities are excellent.

website: SFMS Workshops

e-mail: wildacresregistrar@gmail.com

phone: 865-357-7917

The Judy Mooney Memorial Sculpture Group*
AUGUST 19 - 25

SculptureThis workshop will provide the resources for you to explore and discover how to create the sculpture you have been dreaming about. You will learn to use different materials and techniques to make your clay stronger and achieve things you never thought possible.

This week is about helping you accomplish your goals. Bring your ideas and dreams and be ready to sculpt. Your sculpture can be people, animals or your own inspiration. You will work from photographs, sketches or whatever inspires you. This workshop is designed for all skill levels and each artist will receive individualized instruction specific to their project.

For more information:

email: macart2010@gmail.com

phone: 828-747-9346

Wood carvings.Charlotte Woodcarvers Club Wood Sculpting Week*
AUGUST 19 - 25

The Charlotte, North Carolina Woodcarvers Club will have two instructors teaching two separate classes the week of August 19th, 2019.

The first class will be Caricature Carving with Ron Dowdy. You will be carving your choice of one of Ron's rough outs. Ron is a nationally known, award winning caricature carver and member of the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA). He is from North Carolina, and lives in Sanford with his wife Dale. Arrive at Wild Acres on Monday, August 19th around 12:30 in the afternoon. Class will begin Monday at 1:00 PM and end Thursday afternoon. Ron will bring blanks or rough-outs of projects to work on. These are not included in the cost of the class, so plan to pay Ron directly for these. Some carving experience is recommended. Bring your own tools. We will accept up to 12 students for this class. You must preregister and prepay for this class.

Our second class will be Carving Whimsical Cottages in Cottonwood Bark with Tom Gow. Tom is from the Spartanburg area of South Carolina and is a member of The Southern Highlands Craft Guild. This class will begin Friday morning, August 23rd and end the afternoon of Sunday August 25th. We are accepting up to 15 students for this class. Tom will have bark for sale. Plan to bring your own tools. You must preregister and prepay for this class.

Take either one or both classes. Students are expected to bring their own tools.

Contact Rod Gatlin for more information at 704-529-1748 or info@charlottewoodcarvers.com.

SOLATIDO: A Southern Singer/Songwriters Workshop*
AUGUST 26 - 30View of Wildacres grounds.

An informal retreat with group sessions on various aspects of lyric and music writing. Bring your instruments and your ideas and get busy in a very cordial environment. Participants perform at the end of the week and the session is recorded for a CD.

For more information, please contact Georgann Eubanks.

website: solatido-workshop.net

email: GE@minnowmedia.net

Alliance for Continued Learning
ETSU, Senior Scholars and Wildacres*

AUGUST 26 – 30Senior scholars arrive.

East Tennessee State University's Alliance for Continued Learning program invites you to attend the 24th annual retreat. This year's dates are Monday, August 26 (after 4pm) through Friday, August 30 (ending after breakfast).

Click on the link below for detailed information and an application.

2019 Brochure and Application

email: wildacres@wildacres.org

phone: 828.756.4573

Rocking chairs on patio.TABLE ROCK WRITERS WORKSHOP*
AUGUST 26 - 30

This intensive workshop for writers at all levels features small group sessions in fiction, nonfiction and memoir. Generous instructors and noncompetitive environment. We are in residence with a group of singer/songwriters who share their writing and come to our readings.

email: GE@minnowmedia.net

Temple Beth El Retreat

This Charlotte temple has a long history of coming to Wildacres for Labor Day weekend. Families gather for worship, education, music, and lots of fun.

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